Wondering if you have a keylogger on your PC? Need to know how to find out if you have one hidden away, recording everything you type? You’re not alone. Thousands of people are infected with new keyloggers every day.
They are particularly dangerous due to the fact that many people check their bank accounts and other important websites online, leaving themselves open to hackers who can use passwords and account numbers to steal information and money.
How to Find Keylogger Software on Your Computer:
- Right click on your task bar and click ‘Task Manager.’ Take note of what programs are running. If something doesn’t look quite right, search for it online and see what it is. Sometimes there are strange looking programs running that are in fact legit. Searching for more information will confirm or deny your suspicions.
- Scan your PC for unusually large files. Keyloggers can generate files that get larger in size, and possibly cannot be opened. Again, search for the filename online and see if anything comes up.
- Run an antvirus program and/or anti-spyware program. Many keyloggers are included in the virus definition files, meaning one updated scan of your PC can root out the problem.
How to Remove a Keylogger:
- If you have the name of the keylogger, search online. Sometimes you can find small specific keylogger removal programs that will target your registry and clean it out.
- After running an antispyware, antivirus, or keylogger-specific removal program, check to make sure that all related files with the name of the faulty keylogger program are no longer on your PC. Check your task manager again and see that no strange processes are running. If you have an active antivirus program that updates itself automatically then you should be fine for now and for the future.
Bonus Security Tip: Whenever using a public computer, or if you think you may have a keylogger, you should type passwords and other sensitive information using the on-screen keyboard (Found in system accessories, where you click the letters instead of type). If that’s not available, then you should enter fake characters and delete them. For example: If my password is “reptile” then I will type r63, hit delete twice, epos98, hit delete 4 times, etc., until I’ve spelled out reptile.